Saturday, August 31, 2013

lainie and miro

can closed schools become maker spaces

Gatito Kinder Apps: TED-Ed Lessons Worth Sharing: You are your microbe...

Gatito Kinder Apps: TED-Ed Lessons Worth Sharing: You are your microbe...: Here is a funny video lesson about microbes we did for +TED-Ed : Hope you will enjoy it! "From the microbes in our stomachs to the o...

PBS-premieres-Is-School-Enough--September 3

homeschool conference

Between the By-Road and the Main Road: Why Admins Need To Rethink Testing 5-Year Olds in ...

Between the By-Road and the Main Road: Why Admins Need To Rethink Testing 5-Year Olds in ...: It pains me to think that in a few brief days, hundreds of five-year-olds will arrive at school and be subjected to tests. No settli...

The Story Behind The Poem: I Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate

Friday, August 30, 2013

tweets - change is good

Zac Chase (@MrChase)
8/30/13 6:01 AM
I wrote, "133/365 Change for Good (that made me feel good)" #edchat

oh my.

imagine if we didn't have to say things like..
THR: Do you have musical aspirations beyond teaching?
Horn: I would love to perform more. If I could still manage to teach that would be a blessing, but I know I was born to sing and I don’t sing much teaching. 

Gandhi Institute (@GandhiWorldwide)
8/30/13 6:02 AM
‘Seeds of change’ in the struggle against global hunger

Seeds lie at the heart of the complex system of food production and global hunger. Here is the problem in a nutshell: currently the world produces more than enough food for everyone in the planet. Yet, according to the UN World Food Programme, close to one billion people will go hungry to bed tonight and 2.6 million children under the age of five will die this year of malnutrition. At the same time, 50 per cent of the food produced in the world does not make it to a plate. In Britain we waste one third of all the food we buy, a pattern replicated in most wealthy countries.

They are linked by a shared belief in the importance of working with nature to create localized food systems that empower small-scale producers

example of seeds. Big corporations like Monsanto develop and patent hybrid and GM seeds that, they claim, improve yields by producing drought and pest-resistant plants. According to their own website, ‘Monsanto patents many of the seed varieties we develop. Patents are necessary to ensure that we are paid for our products and for all the investments we put into developing these products.’ Furthermore, ‘the vast majority of farmers understand and appreciate our research and are willing to pay for our inventions and the value they provide

It seems then, that part of the answer to the future challenges we face as a species might lie in looking back to our ancestral knowledge. Meanwhile, back in Bolivia, an article inCENDA’s newsletter explains in the clearest possible terms the contradiction between growing food for profit or for eating. ‘They tell us that if we use GM seeds, we can grow soya for export and make a lot of money. When will they understand that you cannot eat money?’ (@Salon)
8/30/13 5:59 AM
Have we forgotten Judith Miller already? Or Colin Powell at the U.N.? Before attacking Syria, let's know the

apart from this, the similarities among these three instances of Washington’s wanton hostility toward uncompliant regimes are astonishingly similar.

uncompliant regimes...

And so the U.S. stalks into another war in the Middle East. Unlike the Iraq and Afghanistan wars—American works of art, both—the conflict in Syria is somebody else’s canvas. But apart from this, the similarities among these three instances of Washington’s wanton hostility toward uncompliant regimes are astonishingly similar.
Make that tragically similar. History proceeds, we Americans insist on the virtue of ignorance, on learning nothing and knowing nothing. And what we are about to get is what we get, predictably and always. We are a singular people, no question. Maybe even exceptional.

Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof)
8/30/13 6:06 AM
.@PeterHotez says genital schistosomiasis is most common gynecologic problem in Africa & spreads…

Nick Grossman (@nickgrossman)
8/30/13 6:07 AM
Wow, did you know that immigration actually helps our economy? @RBReich @MoveOn (via @Upworthy)…

Marlo Thomas (@MarloThomas)
8/30/13 6:32 AM
"If you don't enjoy the things you have now, how will you ever enjoy the things to come?" - Bart Potenza

Kes Sampanthar (@KesSampanthar)
8/30/13 6:33 AM
Flexible LED Panels Display Athlete's Heart Rate And Achievements - PSFK - pretty cool!

Sustainable Cities (@sustaincities)
8/30/13 6:30 AM
The Poor Should Move to Cities With High Housing Prices by

ReachScale (@ReachScale)
8/30/13 6:36 AM
#Branding Is About Creating Patterns, Not Repeating Messages via @JenniferSertl @FastCoDesign…
3. Patterns are the way people remember and recognize new value
Repetition of patterns build recognition, but variation in patterns creates relevance and sustains interest.
Ethan Zuckerman (@EthanZ)
8/30/13 6:37 AM
Danielle Allen (@DSAllenIAS) examines NSA surveillance as a violating of the 1st amendment right to…

moocs - are they for you

seamus heaney

A rowan like a lipsticked girl.
Between the by-road and the main road
Alder trees at a wet and dripping distance
Stand off among the rushes.
There are the mud-flowers of dialect
And the immortelles of perfect pitch
And that moment when the bird sings very close
To the music of what happens.


Short post written in sadness - RIP Seamus Heaney

and from Mary Ann:


friendship is so weird

Friendship is so weird. You just pick a human you've met and you're like "yup I like this one" and you just do stuff with them. 

School is a prison — and damaging our kids

School is a prison — and damaging our kids

lisa nalbone - can't learn one more thing

Thursday, August 29, 2013


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Ashoka (@Ashoka)
8/28/13 6:05 AM
The Path Out Of Poverty For New York City's At-Risk Youth Is Simple (But Complicated) #NYC #SocEnt #socinn

Whitney Johnson (@johnsonwhitney)
8/27/13 6:30 AM
Success is communal. --@TimWKrause

Follow these gals for an IQ injection! 25 of the smartest women on Twitter: @annmcharles v @FortyOver40

Original Tweet:

Freedom from fear is the beginning of freedom. “@DoingtheMax: @umairh can we have complete security and complete freedom simultaneously?”

Original Tweet:

WikiLeaks (@wikileaks)
8/29/13 6:37 AM
New interview with Julian #Assange on his senate run next week… join/donate:

WikiLeaks ‘the organisation’ has long had a reputation for advocating institutional transparency and the free flow of information, with scant regard for the laws that may or may not exist to prevent this. There now seems to be a new focus on bringing the movement’s ideology into the mainstream through political participation. Many have queried whether this attempted metamorphosis of WikiLeaks from anarchist challenger to legitimate political movement can work in practice. Is there not an inherent conflict in trying to be part of the very machinery of government you’ve spent years challenging?
“Not at all,” says Assange. “In fact I think they are complementary.”
It is not the goal to disable government, but to improve it by creating greater accountability.
“You would think that one of the two major parties in seeking to gain extra electoral advantage would make it an issue, but because they have other loyalties, they’re too scared to do that,” says Assange
100% ness - no?

Adam Fletcher (@bicyclingfish)
8/29/13 6:37 AM
My latest blog entry The Value of

perhaps add to last sentence:
model.. rather than teach..
or perhaps..  unteach by modeling

Bert van Lamoen (@transarchitect)
8/29/13 6:39 AM
Leadership by decree isn’t leadership.

Democracy Now! (@democracynow)
8/29/13 6:41 AM
Last Week: Syrian Activist on Ghouta Attack: "I Haven’t Seen Such Death in My Whole Life" #Syria

John Hagel (@jhagel)
8/29/13 6:41 AM
3D printing heralds new age of architecture where curves and more dense edges become more prominent

But you would never want to print a coffee mug, not even a silly one. For the moment, the cool thing about the technology is that it’s better suited to protoyping shapes rather than reproducing existing ones. Plus, gift shops the world over have shown us that novelty mugs are always a bad idea.

Adam Fletcher's Blog: The Value of Meaningfulness

Adam Fletcher's Blog: The Value of Meaningfulness: Living within a vacuum is the standard for many people today. Aspiring to have and keep the things that are prescribed in life, peopl...

perhaps add to last sentence:
model.. rather than teach..
or perhaps..  unteach by modeling

heatsync labs - makerspace

! What a makerspace in Mesa, AZ! Thank you HeatSync Labsfor the wonderful welcome!

alternatives to school

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

umair haque - how to know if you're turning into a loser

via Umair - I'm going to do five points on how to know if you're turning into a loser. Enjoy ;)

1. You're turning into a loser if you're hating harder than you love.

2. You're turning into a loser if you're seeking any of the following: revenge, reaction, rewards, shortcuts.

3. You're definitely turning into a loser if making other people feel bad makes you feel good.

4. You're turning into a loser if you're following someone else's dreams.

5. You're turning into a loser if you think what matters in life is won. It isn't. It's created.

6. You're turning into a loser if you believe that there are winners and losers. There aren't. There are leaders and wannabes.

map of america's racial segregation

This is pretty amazing.
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Monday, August 26, 2013

eli regalado - fb post

Why should you be an entrepreneur? Because the U.S. has 115,000 janitors, 83,000 bartenders, 323,000 restaurant servers, and 80,000 heavy-duty truck drivers with bachelor’s degrees.